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McDONNELL DOUGLAS SPACE SYSTEMS CO. DELTA II LAUNCH PLACES NASA'S GEOTAIL SPACECRAFT IN ORBIT

 McDONNELL DOUGLAS SPACE SYSTEMS CO. DELTA II LAUNCH
 PLACES NASA'S GEOTAIL SPACECRAFT IN ORBIT
 CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. Delta II expendable launch vehicle placed NASA's Geotail spacecraft in orbit at 10:26 a.m. EDT today.
 Launched from space launch complex 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the mission represents the 34th consecutive successful flight of a Delta vehicle and the final flight of the 6900 series of vehicles. All future payloads will be flown aboard the larger 7900 series.
 "Today's Delta launch is the sixth of 11 planned for this year," said Rich Murphy, McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) director of NASA, Commercial and Strategic Defense Initiative Organization Launches. "We have a tight turnaround with the launch of GE Americom's Satcom C4 satellite in approximately three weeks, but we're confident we'll meet that commitment."
 Part of the International Solar Terrestrial Physics project at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., the Geotail mission is a joint effort between the Japanese Institute for Space and Astronautical Science and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Information collected during the mission will allow scientists to model and better understand the effects of solar activity on the earth's geomagnetic environment. Geotail will be the first spacecraft to make extensive measurements of magnetospheric physic processes in the earth's geomagnetic tail.
 Geotail marks the 212th launch of the Delta vehicle. During the past 15 years and 78 missions Delta has maintained a 98.7 percent success record.
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 /CONTACT: Sheila Carter-Hart or Anne McCauley of McDonnell Douglas Space Systems, 714-896-1302 or 714-896-6211/
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